Wednesday, April 30, 2008

It's Time for Candy

I am fast approaching the 5000 hits mark, thanks to all of you who stop by to see what's new! I decided to offer up some yummy treats as a token of my thanks. The candy is OPEN to all bloggers and to non bloggers that are loyal followers of my blog. Yes, my Yahoo friends are welcome to join in on the fun just make sure you leave me a way to contact you or stop by and check when contest ends. You will have until April 30th midnight to comment. To win leave a comment telling me what you plan on making or giving to your mother for Mother's Day OR what you love most about your special mother.

Here is a listing of what's up for grabs....
1 -set See D's Ocassional Twirl #50020
1- Sheet unmountered Butterflies by FireCracker Designs by Pamela
1- Magnetic Poetry word stamp Kit - Love & Romance Complete 86 stamps, ink pad etc.
1- Copic sketch marker (YG07)
1 pack Sinamay Ribbon by Dixie Press
1- package Crystal Clear Tags
1- package small gold trimmed circle tags (10 count)
1- box Colorbok square "My Type" alphabet brads
8- ziploc baggies filled with flowers assortment includes Prima and other.
2- Pink Target mailboxes (forgot to take picture) for you to alter
1- Card made by me

Now for an ADDED BONUS if you are a blogger I will toss in a homemade address book created by me personalized for you in your choice of color IF you add me to your blog list. If I am on it already you still qualify!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Man Made Card

No card to share today I have been under the weather the last couple of day, running a fever. Hopefully, I will fight this off by the weekend! I was doing some blog surfing this evening and came across this Hilarious must share video. Linda's husband from the stamping school created this must see video.

To see the video click here

Have a great evening.

Monday, April 28, 2008


I really want to title this card "Any Questions ?" I used the large QUESTION MARK that comes in the Unity "Doo Dad" kit to create the background pattern on the blue. I love how well these colors work together. The star and parthesis are also from this kit. The lined paper is from CHF and wording is a freebie sticker that came in mail from Keepsake. The paper and buttons are from Lasting Impressions.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this new stamp company hop on over to their blog, enter to win your very own set. Enjoy your day, thanks for stopping by. I am off to the grind.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Taylor's Cupcake Challenge

I created this card this morning for Taylor's challenge. I just got this stamps last week from CHF and was excited to see what I could do with them. I chose to go with deep reds and browns because those are the only heart brads I had to top the cupcakes with! HUSH! The heart paper is some old stock that I think originally is from CTMH, wish I had more of it but I used up the last of it on this card. I paper pieced the two end cupcakes with it to match background as you can see. Pretty simple sweet Sunday card.

I just hope there is lots of chocolate at the Confirmation Party today, card made me hungry.

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Confirmation Card

Todays share is a confirmation card I made this morning for a cousin who will be making her confirmation tomorrow. She is the sweetest little girl that likes lots of glitz so of course I added lots of glitter ! It is colored in using Copic markers then added some crystal 3D lacquer for the vase. Image stamp is by Northwoods and wording is from CHF. I layered both the accent paper and image on black for an added pop. Mounted it to card which I embossed using a Cuttlebug folder. Nothing too fancy but great for this occasion I think.

I also decided it was high time I got myself a haircut since I have not had one since my daughters wedding last September or was it the September before last (JK). My normal gal was not available to cut it so I almost decided against it as it turned out another gal that years ago left and went on her own was working today and I scored her. So,I ended up semi decent cut. Afterall no one is ever happy until it grows for a week or so. My boss will be happy he never comments on anything but yesterday asked me when I was going to do something with my hair. That is nervy!

Now that I can see what I am doing again I am off to stamp some. Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 25, 2008

A Unity Wish

It is fun playing with a set that you can use in so many different layouts and have them come out looking good. This Unity set is very versatile. For this quick card I used navy and bright yellow, inked and embossed with white pigment ink and seafoam white embossing powder. Wording is a rub on from Making Memories. I could jazz the card up a bit but wanted to show off only stamps from Unity in the sample and I only have the two sets to swap between until of course, their release on May 1! To learn more about this company visit their blog and while there, be sure to enter for a chance to win your very own set. They are giving some yummy candy away.

Have a great evening and thanks for visiting.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's all about Unity!

Good evening I hope your day was better then mine. It seemed everything that could go wrong, DID with the exception of the weather. It was utterly beautiful here today. I had this card in my head all day at work and just had to put it to paper when I arrived home. The stamp kit is from Unity and called Wish. As you can see from the picture I am giving my new "B" acrylic mounting wood block a workout .. note all the ink on the wood does not affect it's performance (Big Grin). I stamped the wish sticks using Adirondack Espresso ink on to a pale yellow leather paper then layered a panel of brown stock, added some SU hemp twine and Lasting Impression brads. I stamped the wish bubble using the same ink twice on to taupe paper and cut the center out mounting it on top of first for depth using a mega scallop punch. To finish it off I mounted all on to some taupe stock then mount to brown card stock.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to read my post below to find out more about these great new stamps from Unity. You will find this stamp kit listed under "Inspirational" on their site. Also, don't forget to enter your name for a chance at some blog candy if you haven't done so yet.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Unity is in the House!

What is Unity you ask? A new stamp company debuting May 1st! It will change the way you reach for stamps their mounting is very unique. I was lucky enough to win some blog candy from them and had a chance to sample them. As part of winning I was asked to write a review for them once I played with them. First let me tell you about their awesome packaging. The package arrived expertly packaged and included a catalog of all their stamp kits. How evil is that! LOL I received two sets or kits as they are called. The "Doo Dads" kit was unmounted on a high grade static foam made to work wonderfully with their acrylic handles and placed inside a reusable little brown bag. The mounted kit arrived on a mounted chain and included a "B" handle and wood mounted Unity "Wish" kit.

I am happy to report the stamps are delightful to work with. I sometimes have a hard time stamping an image evenly due to some neck problems I have but I found this was not the case with these stamps. They stamped almost effortlessly. I think this is due to the deep etching of the images. The wooden mounted blocks glide into acrylic mount and lock in smoothly and once inserted stay put and centered. No more image chattering or ghosting. Stamps are great for scrapbookers and stampers alike and their assortment of kits are sure to please all. Their kits range from cutesy to artsy and everything in between.

The USA card was created using their Doo Dad kit. I created the USA wording using Sizzix "Lollipop" letters. I cut the letters out, mounted them on chipboard that I also cut out then sprinkled some star spangled silver glitter and topped with Ranger glossy accents to give it more depth. The red and white striped paper is from Lasting Impressions and I used TAC really red ink and midnight blue Memories Inks.

The Wish card I stamped the images on to a pale yellow leather like stock a speciality paper by a local supplier using Colorbox chalk inks Warm Red and Tangerine. I added some crystals and used Lasting Impressions papers to layer.

In conclusion, the stamps are easy to ink, lite weight, have their own unique storage ,and designs to please all. To learn more about the stamps, mounting and packaging check out their blog.
Now you know why I have not posted in a couple of days I've been off playing.

Just a Quick Post

I did not want to leave you with nothing. Here is a card I made this morning quickly before I head off to work. I will post directions etc this evening.
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Look What's Blooming

Spring has finally sprung, the high heats are starting to bring out my blooms. It was such a beautiful day yesterday here, I was out cleaning up winters left over remnants when I saw all my patches of daffodils popping through. I was inspired to make a bright and airy daffodil card but as you can see it came out totally the oppisite! My sewing machine had other plans for me the thread keeps breaking. I tried adjusting tension, re-setting the bobbin, changing the thread and anything elses I could think of. Before it was over my brightly colored paper I selected was in the garbage! I then decided to just sew it without thread. I used two of the CHF backgrounders on this project. The linen and paisley. I also got to play with another new Cuttlebug folder using the paisley on the brown behind the image. I colored the image with Copic markers. To stamp wording on the rough paper I sanded it slightly, brushed it off and stamped it.

Northwoods ptted daffodils
Hero Arts - wording
CHF backgrounders- Paisley, Linen
Sage,Creamy Brown, black and mustard inks
Cuttlebug Paisley folder
Lemon Yellow Brazill paper
Brown DCWV
Olive Green and matching ribbon
Button Lasting Impressions

Saturday, April 19, 2008

An A-Mus(ing) Saturday

Happy Saturday!! I managed to get tons of things accomplished today including pulling out the stamps I won on World Stamping Day from Amuse last year. These are the only Amuse stamps I own but now wish I had more! I was surprised at how quick the cards and game board went together. They sent me these 5 stamps, cardstock, card accent papers. I had a hard time coming up for an idea to put the hot pink, multi circle stock to use. Finally I came up with an idea for a tic tac toe game. I mounted the front of the card on to a piece of chipboard that I covered in brown stock, added velcro to pieces for a fun take along in the car game.
I also got to play with one of my new Cuttlebug folders. I almost didn't buy the Allegro one thinking I would not use it, happy I did now:)
Have a good evening and thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back tomorrow I plan on offering up some yummy treats to celebrate my first 5000 hits!
Amuse Rubber Stamps
Rubber Stampede (stars)
Amuse Accent card stock
Amuse cards
Black Ink
Clear empossing powder
H2O plum (matches perfectly)
Copic markers
Lasting Impression buttons, Wisteria card stock
Cuttlebug Allegro folder
Circle punches 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2
Giga Scallop Oval
Velcro circles Oriental Trading
Charm (garage sale find)
Flowers- Michael's Bridal
Brad white
Brown card stock
5 x 5 Chipboard

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hum- Deal or No Deal!

This one is too good not to share with everyone. My husband who normally is not a good shopper brought this to my attention. A couple weeks ago I sent him to pickup some laundry detergent and he returned with the 32 oz bottle (pictured below). He paid $2.89. Last week while I was shopping I decided to pick up an extra bottle because I had a coupon for $1.00 off that he forgot to use, that was due to expire. I paid $2.99 before the coupon for mine (pictured below). I brought my bottle home and put it on the dryer next to his bottle. Well, let me say I will never live it down! My same ounce bottle contains 12 loads less and I paid more for mine. Now, not being a mathematician can someone tell me how this is possible before I email the company to ask them to explain. Both are identical in 2x concentration, ounces etc but one will wash 12 less loads.
Sort of looks like comsumer beware to me what do you think?

Crabby Get Well

I made this card for Kathy this weekend using Crabby & Co stamp set by SU. I waited until she got it to post it, didn't want to spoil it. If I was a real good mom I would have mailed it LAST week so it would have arrived by Monday but me being me I waited until the last minute. It is better this way she is well enough to appreciate it LOL!
I stenciled the clouds using my CTMH stencil then added bloue torn paper for water and sandy color for the beach. Colored the crabs with my Copic markers , cut them out attached a message and added some goggly eyes to finish off the crabs. The tree is from some old stash that I came acrossed. The textured beach ball is an embellishment from Spellbinders that I added for extra color.
Thanks for stopping by-

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I was surfing blogs and came acrossed a card posted on Kim's site that I fell in love with. I was instantly inspired to create a copy of it using some of my brass stencils. Paper and stencils are Lasting Impressions with the exception of the cloud which was a plastic stencil.
Home Sweet Home is a stamp by SeeD.

Thanks for looking. Have a great evening

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nephew's Graduation Card

I thought I would share another card I made this weekend for my nephew who will be graduating in June. I seem to wait until the last minute to create cards I need for family so I decided to get a head start on it for a change. I of course, couldn't resist I had to use my Kim Hughes "UR A Hoot" set from CHF. You can pretty well guess how I created the card from looking at it. I did use Lasting Impressions papers and my Copic markers. Some might spot it but I will confess to my screw up. The brown ink smeared on the lined paper so I just crinkled and aged it to make it less noticeable. Makes it look more like an imperfection, No? I made the tassel by using embroidery floss and coloring it with markers then wrapping a thin wire around top. It is made to match his school colors which are Gold and Black. I stamped the
"2008" on shrink paper and heated it with my embossing gun. I was going to nail it to the tree but it didn't look quite right so I stuck it on the side.

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, April 14, 2008

Friendship Blooms

This is one of the cards I made yesterday, actually I made a whole weeks worth to share. My creativity just flowed yesterday. I normally don't think of stamping an image on any color other then light stock, usually white or ivory so this is a little different for me but I am quite pleased on how it turned out. It was an easy make too so that is a bonus. I ran the bottom part of a pice of stock cut to 5 1/2 x 4 through the Wizard using a Fiskar template. I stamped flowers on the upper with frosted white ink and then embossed in seafoam white EP. I did the same for the front panel before mount to card front with pop dots. I attached ribbon and had a card that I think looks pretty classy and like I said a quickie.

Stamping Up stamps Friendship Blooms & Many Thanks
Colorbox frosted white ink
Seafoam white EP
Ribbon- Michaels
Pop Dots

Enjoy your evening

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Embrace Love

I just love when you can make a card with a dual purpose. This card came out pretty enough to use as a Wedding card or an Anniversary card. Since there are so many weddings this time of year I went with spring soft colors and used Lasting Impressions "seaside" paper as my color choice. I first stamped the flower from my Stampin Up "Embrace Life" set using white pigment ink from ColorBox. If you have used this ink before you know it never seems to dry. Since I wanted to enhance the background a bit anyhow, I killed two birds with one stone by embossing it in seafoam white. Then I stamped wording and flower in brown, colored in image using a Copic marker that matched perfectly. I applied a couple of heart brads I found in my stash, mounted the wording on a piece of brown stock and attached all to complete.
I did say this was going to be my new favorite set from Stampin Up. It seems like it leads itself to endless possibilities. No matter how deep I put it in my pile of stamps I just keep pulling it out!

If anyone ever wondered why Kathy and I use so much Lasting Impressions paper it is because she lives not far from their warehouse and has caught some really amazing deals at their yearly sale. They have the best white core paper it is great for scuffing too.

I posted early today because I have a million ideas floating around in this tiny head of mine and as of lately I have been somewhat uncreative so I wanted to get this card that I completed in the wee hours posted so I can run off and put some of the ideas to paper.
Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for stopping by.... I hope you like my card today.

SU Embace Life
Judith saying
Lasting Impressions - Seaside
DCWV Brown
Adirondack Expesso
ColorBox Frost White pigment Ink
Seafoam White Embossing Powder
Copic Marker
Wizard and circle dies
Large heart brads unknown
glitter glue

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Mother's Love

Bonus Day- Two cards posted in one day! I still have my stencils out so I made this one using using Lasting Impressions "Summer Love" stencil and papers. I first stamped lined LI paper with a scroll stamp from Autumn Leaves in black ink. I picked up the stamp from a dollar bin at JoAnn's. This has turned into one of my favorite stamps to add accent to a page. I stamped Mother's Day "SU" towards bottom of card front. I added the embossed stencil and cutout from card pack to the front. I nked the leaf with sage green then curled it to give it more of an aged look.


All paper Lasting Impressions "SummerLove" & "Elementary"

Stencil (leaf)988 Summer Love Stencil

Black Ink

SU - Mother's Day

Autumn Leaves - Scroll

Ribbon- generic

Heart paper clip- Oriental Trading

Spring has Sprung - Dry Embossed

Good morning it is another cruddy weather day here so I decided to brighten it up a bit and make my May Challenge card for a group I am in. Yesterday I made a real cute cheerleader card that I had intended on sharing but being the ditz I can be sometimes, I delieved it and forgot to take a picture. This card uses all Lasting Impressions materials with the exception of the Fiskar diamond template and sticker words by Serendipity Stamps. I normally shy away from using stickers but since I have a whole roll of seasonal stickers to use I decided to use some.

I hope you have a Sunny Day thanks for visiting.

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Quick Sympathy Card

Today it is a lazy hazy day around here. The weather can't decide what it wants to do. Before the weendend is over we are expecting hopefully what will be our last snowfall of the year. Here is a real easy sympathy card I made for my neighbor using the blog candy paper Jackie sent me from Basic Grey (Stella Ruby). I stamped the flower stamp on to a piece of acetate cut to background paper size using Staz-On Ink. I glued it down hidden behind the matching panel that I stamped the wording onto. To complete it I added some black satin ribbon.

Penny Black Allegro stamp
Hero Arts wording
Basic Grey Stella Ruby paper
Black Staz-On Ink
Black ribbon
Cardstock, not sure what color you would call it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Dog-Gone Birthday Card

Today was my brother in laws Birthday and I forgot so I whipped up a quick card for him. He is a huge dog lover and getting up there in age so this card was perfect for him. I did the old horizontal -vertical ink swipe to create paper using navy and country brown Colorbox ink. The best part of making this card is I got to play with my new Copic Markers!

Stamps Used

Penny Black

Look What I Got!

I am so happy to have my computer back up and running. I had to completely reinstall everything. While we were redoing it we installed a newer version of Windows so of course, I have a ton of new programs to learn since my older programs would not work with new version of Windows we installed. I should be good for another ten years!
This card and the goodies pictured above arrived yesterday from Allison for winning a weekly challenge. Isn't the card the cutest! I just love how the paper and the ribbon matches so perfectly it certainly is the Cat's Meow ! I love all the ribbon and can't wait to put it to use. Thanks Allison! If you have not joined one of Allison's challenges you must, they are so much fun and it is great to see all the entries.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Computer Woes

Sorry nothing to share with everyone. My computer is on the blink... by blink I mean it's almost HAMMER time! :) The good news is I will have lots to share when I get it running and when I am able to access my program files.
It has been a real hectic week here so the computer problem is not the most important thing on the TO DO -FIX List. On Thursday, my husband called me at work to tell me his son; my stepson was rushed to hospital with a heart attack and pneumonia. Doctor said it was a mild heart attack. They are still debating what course to take in regards to it. It was not pneumonia but rather CODP. Yesterday my dish washer decided it has seen enough dirty dishes and died on me. We woke up this morning with no heat, furnace decided it had enough of this winter. Then there was a knock on the door (never a good sign early on a Sunday) a friend lost his wife to cancer on Wednesday. He stopped by to give us her calling hours.

Off I go to see what I CAN get working around here.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

Friday, April 4, 2008

It's Clearly Spring - Hero Arts Challenge

Happy Friday everyone! I want to send a big welcome out to all my Yahoo Stamping friends that recently subscribed to my blog . Thank you for your continued support, you guys are the BEST!.

As many already know, Hero Arts just recently set up a blog and I created this vase for their first challenge. It was somewhat a challenge in itself trying to setup a flicker account to parttake in the challenge GRRRRR. I have no idea what promoted me to take on this challenge or to do a 3D item instead of a card. To create I cut a piece of acetate to 6 x 9. Stamped design on the front with opaque StazOn ink then added flowers and buttons to the front. Added upper and bottom trim using Fiskar diampnd edger. I then formed it around a vase allowed Krazy glue to set and I waited and I waited LOL. To create the grass to go inside I took scraps (Yepee used some up) and put them through a cripper then shoved them through my paper shredder. To do the mirror image of the flower so that the backside would look as good as the front I used a HA shadow stamp. First stamping flower on it then on to the paper. I attached the flowers to the tips of some artificial stems I had around the house.

Stamps Used
All stamps Hero Arts
Other Supplies
Flowers were a gift Bride's Magazine Michael's
Buttons - Memories and Lasting Impressions
Ribbon - Michaels
Fiskar Diamond Edger
Clear Acetate
Lasting Impressions paper
Opaque StazOn ink
Black Ink
Clear embossing powder
Misc. green paper
Paper Cripper
Paper Shredder
Giga Scallop punch
Ribbon - unknown